Monday, December 12, 2011
Big Ten atop Conference Power Rankings
By Evan Kaplan
In week two of ESPN Stats & Info’s college basketball conference rankings, the Big Ten increased its lead at the top while the rest of the power conferences remained unchanged.
For a complete recap of how we rank the conferences check here and here.
The Big Ten has a .831 out-of-conference winning percentage this season, the best in the nation. It continues to dominate the computer rankings and it increased its presence with the human bonus (the polls) this week.
Indiana and Michigan State had big wins on Saturday to vault into the top 25, with the Hoosiers taking out Kentucky at the buzzer and MSU winning on the road at Gonzaga. With six teams in each of the two human polls, the Big Ten is now tied with the Big East for the most ranked teams.
The Big East maintained the highest human bonus this week as it features five teams ranked in the top 15 and three top-10 squads. Syracuse’s jump to number one obviously helped but the computer rating for the Big East decreased, meaning the conference is very top-heavy at the moment.
Despite remaining the second-ranked conference, the Big 12 saw a solid increase with its computer rating this week partly based on the strength of Kansas’ home win vs. Ohio State. The Big 12 ranks second in the nation with an out-of-conference winning percentage of .808.
Lower on the list below, you'll see that the Summit and the Ivy Leagues were the big movers this past week, each rising three spots.